Tigers begin preseason camp in 10 days
Get ready for your 2014 Memphis Tigers football season with this behind-the-scenes look at the team's winter and summer workouts.
Don't miss the 2014 season opener on August 30 when the Tigers host Austin Peay at 6 PM at the Liberty Bowl!
The University of Memphis football team wrapped-up its final day of two-a-day practices on Wednesday. Head coach Justin Fuente talks about the final two-a-day practice.
The Tigers suited up in full pads for the first time today in preparation for two-a-days starting tomorrow.
Memphis opens up the 2013 season hosting Duke on September 7.
Day two of preseason camp is in the books for the Memphis Tigers football team and it was another scorcher. Watch highlights and interviews from day two right here on the Memphis Tiger Network.
The Memphis football team opened up their preseason camp today. Check out some highlights from the first day and hear from junior DB Bobby McCain and head coach Justin Fuente.
Holmon Wiggins begins his third season coaching the Tigers' wide receivers.
For 2014, Wiggins welcomes back nine returning receiver lettermen. The group includes Memphis' top four receivers from 2013. Joe Craig, Sam Craft, Keiwone Malone and Tevin Jones combined to catch 118 passes for 1,278 yards during the 2013 season.
In Wiggins' first season as the Tigers' wide receivers coach, the University of Memphis raised total offense production in conference games by 26 percent over the previous season.
Memphis averaged 327.1 yards per game from 243 yards an outing the previous year. For the year, the Tigers averaged 313.33 yards of total offense during the 2012 season. The season total represented a 44-yard improvement from the 2011 season.
Memphis' 71.43 fourth-down efficiency percentage ranked tied for seventh nationally. Only five teams converted on fourth down more times than the Tigers.
Memphis' 4-8 record last year marked the program's best finish since 2008. The Tigers won more conference games in 2012 than the previous three seasons combined, posting a 4-4 record in the program's final season in Conference USA.
For his second season Wiggins has all but one receiver returning but the lone loss is a big one. Departed senior Marcus Rucker led the Tigers in receiving in 2012. Still, UM has approximately 75 percent of its receptions and receiving yards returning for 2013.
Wiggins joined the Memphis coaching staff from the University of Tulsa where he spent the 2011 season coach the team's running backs. He helped the Golden Hurricane to an 8-4 overall record and a 7-1 Conference USA mark.
Wiggins guided a trio of Tulsa running backs - Ja'Terian Douglas, Trey Watts and Alex Singleton - that combined for 2,006 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns. Douglas was an All-C-USA second team selection, while Watts earned league honorable mention merits. In addition, H-back Willie Carter, who led Tulsa with 868 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, was an All-C-USA second team honoree.
Fuente and Wiggins worked together during part of Wiggins' five-year stint (2006-10) at Illinois State. Wiggins, who coached running backs, helped guide the Redbirds to a 9-4 record in his first year at the school, including a Football Championship Series (FCS) quarterfinal appearance and a No. 8 national ranking. Illinois State averaged 169 yards per game rushing in 2006, and Pierre Rembert rushed for a school-record 1,743 yards, receiving Associated Press (AP) All-America accolades.
In his next season, Wiggins coached the Redbirds ground attack to average 199 yards per game, and had two running backs that combined for 1,742 of the team's 2,194 rushing yards. For the first time in school history, three running backs rushed for more than 100 yards each in the same game (vs. Indiana State; Oct. 13, 2007). The 2008 season saw Illinois State total 197 yards per game rushing, with three running backs totaling 1,911 of the squad's 2,169 yards. After averaging just 98 rushing yards in 2009, Illinois State jumped to over 130 yards per game in 2010.
Before joining the staff at Illinois State, Wiggins was a student assistant for two seasons and a graduate assistant for one year at his alma mater, New Mexico. He worked primarily with the running backs in his student assistant role, before focusing on quarterbacks and wide receivers during his one year as a graduate assistant.
Wiggins was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at running back for the Lobos (1998-2001). He finished his collegiate career with 1,833 rushing yards, the 14th-most in school history. He remains the Lobos' single-season leader in punt returns (46) and punt return yardage (392) -- both set in 2000 -- and ranks 12th all-time in all-purpose yards with 2,912 yards. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology from New Mexico in 2003 and started work on his master's degree in counseling and child psychology.
A native of Los Angeles, Wiggins played his prep football at San Pedro High School and was named the city's Class 4A Player of the Year.
Wiggins and his wife, Dominique, have four daughters: Justyce, Karyn, Brooklyn and Journye.